Forty-eight state and territorial attorneys general signed a letter calling for generic pain medication that is also “abuse-resistant,” according to the Boston Herald. The letter—sent to Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Margaret A. Hamburg—emphasizes that while pain relief is important for those who suffer from chronic illnesses, “the abuse of prescription drugs is a significant danger and has reached epidemic levels in many of our states.”
The attorneys general urged the FDA to make sure that new, generic pain relievers are “tamper-resistant” to reduce the possibility of drug abuse. The letter added that these abuse-resistant formulas “can be part of a comprehensive approach which should include prevention, interdiction, prosecution and substance-abuse treatment.”
Several brand-name manufacturers have created new formulas that are less easy to abuse, but the same is not true for the new generic drugs now entering the market. According to the FDA Law Blog, the FDA has denied several citizen petitions “concerning generic versions of drug products approved with formulations intended to be abuse-deterrent.”
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